Hot Bed of Hip-Hop: The Sunset Strip & L.A. at Large

Lyrics Born
For the last few weeks, greater Los Angeles has been a breeding ground for great hip-hop shows both big and small. Not only did LA show love for Lyrics Born (pictured above), Charli 2na (pictured below) and Rakaa (not pictured) at The Roxy on Thursday night – but within the last week LA hosted Atmosphere, Nas, Cypress HIll, Living Legends, ?uestlove, YG, 50 Cent, Odd Future, Wiz Khalifa, Yela Wolf, and P. Diddy.
Charli 2na
L.A.’s hip-hop calendar has just been on fire – and with Cut Chemist performing multiple times this weekend, DJ Shadow on Halloween, along with three Kosha Dillz performances, Snoop Dogg at the Gibson Amphitheatre and Freddie Gibbs at Key Club, that heat is not going away any time soon.
This picture gallery comes courtesy of Charli 2na and Lyrics Born‘s captivating performance at The Roxy on Thursday night. With doors opening at 10:30 – it was truly for the heads and late nighters. Rakaa from Dilated Peoples opened for the cast of veterans – dropping personal cuts as well as essential Dilated joints.
Rakaa was followed by Jurassic 5 bass vocalist, Charli 2na, and his guest MC who I believe was his cousin. 2na performed J5 classics like “Quality Control” – as well as a handful of solo material. 2na’s rich vocals and animated stage presence energized the two hundred plus person crowd.

After a classic, fifteen minutes too long intermission – headliner Lyrics Born finally took the stage somewhere after midnight. Complete with an entourage band, including a stylish keyboardist and female vocalist Joyo Velarde, Lyrics ripped off more than 20 of his hits and reminded those with heavy eyes why they’d endured until the end.

Lyrics’ complex rap patterns and verbal linguistics were appreciated by all of those who stayed late enough to see him. Spitting high pitched hot fire, Lyrics connected with the thinning crowd on classics from Later That Day and earned some new fans with recently penned crowd pleasers from the 2010 album As U Were.

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